"This is my response to the Autism Speaks articles of understanding with
GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership.I am a non-speaking
autistic woman. While I do not agree with functioning labels, I have been
labeled low-functioning in the not-too-distant past and am onsidered severely
disabled. People who look at me without seeing me type often think that there is
nobody inside me. I have many of the difficulties described in Alison Tepper
Singer's article about her daughter, and more that she did not describe.It is
wrong to say that your own child has no skills. It is wrong to go on a national
video and say you have considered killing your autistic child. My parents faced
worse hardships with less privilege and never once thought of killing me. It is
wrong to condescendingly assume that autistic self-advocates have never heard of
those of us labeled low-functioning, and that somehow the so-called
low-functioning among us have no skills and need a cure, and that all you needed
to do was say we exist and then everyone would understand what you want to do to
That word "LABELED" is the key here to show how Neurodiversity and the Autism Hub abuse autistic adults and all autistic people by making society think that autism is not that bad. While Amanda Baggs can type to communicate, this is not the case for the majority of autistic children who may look very similar to Amanda with her rocking and finger movements. She has the ability to pay attention long enough to learn the skill of typing, along with the alphabet and reading and writing. Severely autistic children can not acquire these skills.
He thanks us over and over for chelating him because he is in so much less PAIN."